I’ve been involved in one form of lending or another for over 20 years, and have actually lost track of how many clients I’ve assisted in obtaining financing, both from my days in the auto industry to the mortgage industry. However, throughout all this time I’ve never lost focus on why it is what I do: the clients!
Having said that, work isn’t everything in my life, and quite frankly, I don’t think it should be in anyone else’s either. I believe a life that’s not balanced in all areas, eventually leads to “burnout”. I can personally attest to how hard it is to find the right balance between all of these other things: family, faith, friends and self. It’s difficult but I can personally assure you, well worth the effort!
Speaking of family, I’ve been immensely blessed in this area. I have a wonderful wife, Michelle who is also our company’s controller. We’ve been married now for almost 30 years, and have worked together throughout many of these. My kids, Selena and Shaan, are what I attribute to both staying young(er) and making sure I don’t overdo it in the work department. They’ve given me a second childhood, and an excuse to do things I missed out on doing the first time around. If I had to sum up my life in one word, for me that would be “joyful”!